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Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraising Officer

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About AREF

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is a charitable foundation that invests in developing talented young African health researchers.

AREF is now looking for a Trusts and Major Fundraising Officer to join our team. This role will be based in the UK.

Job Purpose

This important new role is aimed at increasing levels of engagement, interest and financial support from Trusts and Foundations and major donors. The Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraising Officer will lead on some Trusts (75%) and manage some key major donor relationships (25%). They will be building on the existing relationships that are already well established in addition to cultivating new leads to raise income and to develop a more sustainable mix of income.

What you will bring

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the key principles and methods of fundraising from trusts and foundations and/or major donors
  • Prospect research and donor stewardshiExcellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire different audiences through proposals, presentations and other tools
  • Ability to establish and build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds, both externally and within AREFAbility to understand and summarise complex information and align donor interests with different areas of AREF’s work
  • Financial management skills and ability to work with budgets
  • Windows-based software packages, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

Our offer

  • ·The opportunity to make a real difference to health researchers in Africa!
  • ·A salary in the range of £30,00 – £35,638 dependent on experience
  • ·Hybrid working, home working available plus attending meetings as part of work

How to apply

Please can you provide us with the below:

  • an up-to-date CV which includes your contact details, education and vocational qualifications, memberships of professional bodies, career history and explanation of any breaks in your employment history
  • provide a brief supporting statement setting out why you are a great candidate for our role and why you are interested in working for AREF
  • a sample of a fundraising proposal that you have previously prepared will strengthen your application
  • let us know if you are not able to make any of the assessment or interview dates (the pre-arranged dates can be found in the information pack).

Click on either links to apply:
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Closing date:  20th March 2024

Initial interview: To be confirmed

Final Interview: To be confirmed